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TheDailyBeast: America’s Up-and-Coming African-American Leaders

Kamala Harris, attorney general, California

Nominated by: Mike Wenger

Harris holds a lot of firsts: the first female, first African-American, and first Asian-American California attorney general. The New York Times recently lauded her for her slick and confident, if risky, handling of a nationwide foreclosure-lawsuit settlement, which ultimately netted her state the biggest chunk of benefit dollars.

“She’s written a good bit on reducing crime and recidivism, and she is a potential governor of California,” Wenger says. That is, assuming she doesn’t get an even more high-profile job. With a slew of caveats (that Barack Obama is reelected, that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg retires), Harris is the most likely candidate to land a Supreme Court nomination in 2015, according to SCOTUSBlog. And she’s only 47.

In March, Harris will participate in a panel discussion on women and justice as part of Newsweek/The Daily Beast’s Women in the World Summit.

(Photo: Michael Kovac / Getty Images for One Voice)
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